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Astronomical question and answer 217

 

Frank L. Preuss

 

Which are the lines, which determine the shade with an eclipse?

 

eclipse

"eclipse When the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, it causes a partial eclipse of the Sun (1) if the Earth passes through the Moon's outer shadow (P), or a total eclipse (2) if the inner cone shadow crosses the Earth's surface. In a lunar eclipse, the Earth's shadow crosses the Moon and, again, provides either a partial or total eclipse. Eclipses of the Sun and the Moon do not occur every month because of the 5o difference between the plane of the Moon's orbit and the plane in which the Earth moves."

 

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